A lot of us are concerned with health and wellness at home, but, it is just as important to maintain our wellbeing at work to enjoy a balanced life.
The workplace can be challenging with demanding schedules and often limited options, but, if, we can find ways to implement exercise, healthy eating and decreased stress, we can increase our overall happiness and productivity.
Did you know that studies have shown that good eating habits help increase our attention span, improve memory and boost well-being? Here are some ways that companies can help out.
Stock vending machines with healthy choices like natural snacks including protein bars, trail mix, iced herbal tea and juice drinks. Try to add a bowl of fresh fruit to lunch areas and, if you have a cafeteria, make sure there are healthy meal options. For meetings, order healthy lunches in and serve veggie platters instead of donuts.
Avoiding a sedentary lifestyle and encouraging physical activity can also positively impact our health and productivity.
Companies can offer safe, well-covered bike parking to encourage commuting via bicycle. They can also have a fleet of bikes that employees can use during breaks or for errands. Not only will you help yourself by not driving, but you will also reduce your carbon footprint and help out the environment.
Companies may also offer discounts or subsidize memberships to local gyms. If possible, the company may have their own exercise facilities. Having showers at work is also helpful for those who bike in or work out during lunch.
Sports teams are also a fun option to get employees exercising and involved.
Another great idea is having ergonomic work stations and ones that allow standing as well as sitting.
But what about mental stress? Stress has been linked to heart disease, insomina, migraines and more, and, at work inefficiency, absences and dissatisfaction. A great idea is to have health or life coaching, and assistance or classes for healthy cooking, yoga, smoking cessation and weight loss.
Forward thinking companies can also incorporate stress breaks and meditation coaching.
Ultimately, work and home life do not have to be completely separate entities. We can incorporate good habits into the entirety of our life – creating wholeness, balance, and overall wellbeing.
This blog is being sponsored by Sodexo, global leader in Quality of Life Services (www.Sodexo.com)
Sodexo, a worldwide leader in Quality of Life Services, believes that to create value, businesses and society as a whole must make people’s well-being a priority.